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CASA of Lancaster County Welcomes New Volunteers

Lancaster, PA (November 19, 2013) – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County recently swore in eight new volunteer advocates. CASA volunteer advocates are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children with the belief that all children deserve safe, nurturing, and permanent homes.

Autumn 2013 Volunteer Class

Friends, family members, and CASA supporters witnessed Judge Jay J. Hoberg swear in eight volunteer advocates during a ceremony held October 16 at the Lancaster Campus of YTI.

The new members are: Julia Brown, Lancaster; Sarah Carbohn, West Chester; Matilda Casler, Lancaster; Lori DePoto, Elizabethtown; Tina Oakley, Lititz; Brian Ritchey, Landisville; Ellen Schellenberger, East Petersburg; Pamela Smith, Lititz

The volunteers had completed a 30-hour training program required before becoming further involved with CASA. Prior to being appointed to a child, CASA volunteers must also complete a series of background clearances.

"I am delighted that we continue to have high numbers of interested and compassionate volunteers after four successful years in Lancaster County. There are still hundreds of children in Lancaster that can benefit from a CASA." said Jessica Laspino, the group's executive director.

The ninth class of volunteers will bring the total number of trained CASA volunteers in Lancaster County to 91. CASA volunteers have served 181 children since the first case was appointed to CASA in January 2010.

For information about being involved with CASA, call 208-3280 or send an email to: or visit

Pictured L to R: Kayla Weiler (CASA Program Director), Brian Ritchey, Matilda Casler, Julia Brown, Ellen Schellenberger, Lori DePoto, Tina Oakley, Sarah Carbohn, Pamela Smith, Judge Jay J. Hoberg

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